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Here's how we can help your business and develop your staff

At CITB, we understand the realities and challenges employers face across all areas of construction. We collaborate with the industry to make sure you can access the resources, support and training you need to help your business grow and thrive, today and in the future. 

Hear from our employer partners

“If you’ve got the drive and ambition to build your company, then funding is the way forward to do it.”

CITB and CCI Scotland
Dougie Smith, General Manager, Lanark

CCI Scotland is an award winning social enterprise, providing landscape solutions for small and medium sized projects across Scotland.

One key factor of this business is that its operations entirely benefit its charitable arm, Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI).  CCI provides health benefits and increases social inclusion for people affected by mental health or learning difficulties and socially disadvantaged young people.

Through CITB funding, CCI Scotland has upskilled its staff and doubled its capacity for delivering projects. It has tendered and won significant contracts for various local authorities – which it couldn’t have done before the funding. Because of the increase in work and contracts, CCI Scotland has taken on apprentices within its Social Enterprise / Landscape Construction set up. 

CCI Scotland has also secured a 4-year framework agreement with Perth and Kinross Council and are delivering regular Scottish government contracts.

In working with CITB, CCI Scotland has been able to:

  • Take advantage of training funding
  • Upskill and maintain skills of staff
  • Ensure exemplary site safety through training

Gary “Training is important: unless we train the younger generations, we’re won’t be able to move forward and will come to a full stop.” 

CITB and TG Williams Ltd
Gary Williams, Managing Director, Wales

Without grants and funding for the training and development of their staff, TG Williams would find it difficult to do all the training they need to keep the skills in their organisation relevant and up-to-date. Gary recognises the need for upskilling and training in the industry, especially in the younger generations. He knows that without them, the workforce will face a shortfall in the longer term.

As a well-established family business that is continuing to grow, they are constantly increasing and training their workforce. In order to tender for larger contracts and frameworks, they need to ensure their workers are trained to the highest standard.  Without grants and funding they would struggle to meet the additional costs of some of these courses

Using the Construction Training Directory has greatly enhanced the process of claiming grant as it has meant they can easily find local training and payment is more efficient.

In working with CITB, TG Williams have been able to:

  • Access the Skills and Training fund
  • Obtain grants for training
  • Upskills and maintain skills of staff
  • Take on apprentices and develop their skills
  • Increase productivity and profit for the company

John Boughton “Being a member of a training group means easy booking and major cost savings.” 

CITB and Boughton Estates
John Webster, Construction Manager, Boughton Estates, Northampton

Boughton Estates focuses on the upkeep of Boughton House and all properties on its 11,000 acre estate. As a country house it is famed for its beauty, collections and almost unchanged state since the 17th century. As a location for many special events, the conservation team have an ongoing job making sure it and its many thatched and traditional surrounding properties are kept in pristine condition.

John heads the team that maintains the buildings to the highest possible standard, which means everyone needs to be highly skilled and kept up-to-date with training. He understands how costly it can be to keep the workforce trained and is therefore an advocate for training groups. Boughton Estates receives regular support with their training through their membership with the Northamptonshire Construct Training Group (NCTG).

John’s organisation have utilised the tools and resources on offer through CITB to keep the skills of their workers up to date, using grants and funding. This ensures a continued high standard of work delivered safely and efficiently at a greatly reduced cost to the business.

In working with CITB, Boughton Estates have been able to:

  • Become an active member of Northampton County Training Group
  • Obtain grants and funding
  • Train their apprentices with the correct skills
  • Upskill and maintain skills of staff
  • Fund ongoing apprenticeships

 “People should seriously think about construction: there’s plenty of work, there is a skills shortage and it’s a great place for a job.” 

CITB and TG Kisiel Ltd
Annie Summun, Director, London

Annie transferred into construction from retail about 5 years ago, and as such is a passionate advocate for others to join the industry and is a registered CITB Construction Ambassador. She recognises the shortage of skills in construction and the growing number of job possibilities, seeing this as a great opportunity for new recruits to join.

During her time at the Kisiel group, she has been elected to the London Board of the Federation of Master builders. Annie also takes part in the CITB Levy Working Party representing the views of SMEs before consensus

CITB have supported Kisiel in building a specialist team that allows them to grow their reputation within the industry, and the funding provided for training has meant they can deliver a consistent, high-quality service to their clients.

In working with CITB, Kisiel Ltd have been able to:

  • Take advantage of training funding
  • Upskill and maintain skills of staff
  • Establish industry connections through Training Groups and the FMB
  • Obtain grants for training and staff development

 “Apprentices are really important to our business: they build up our workforce which means business is great.” 

CITB and East Midlands Diamond Drilling (EMDD)
Joe Armitage, Finance Manager, Nottingham

As someone who has a focus on the future success of his company, Joe recognises the importance of having professionally trained staff and apprentices working for your business. EMDD have sourced funding from CITB for various training courses and apprenticeships for their staff, managing to do so for the whole team at a neutral cost to the business. 

They are committed to training their employees; from running up to 5 apprenticeships at a time so that newer operatives are brought to the correct industry level, to training courses for existing staff. More experienced skilled workers have also been able to update their qualifications so that they are at a new legal NVQ level, meaning all their operatives are compliant and can work safely on site. 

Joe sees that by striving for continued training, they are not only ensuring the best future for their company, but will also improve the industry. In particular, he feels that investing in apprentices shows a commitment to their workers and also to the construction industry – promoting technical ability and safety awareness as a necessity. To him, CITB funding means that everything runs smoothly, everyone is trained to the correct level and is upskilled where necessary.

In working with CITB, EMDD has been able to:

  • Obtain training grants and funding
  • Train their apprentices with the correct skills
  • Upskill and maintain skills of staff
  • Update staff qualifications
  • Ensure exemplary site safety through training

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